CIENFUEGOS BOTANICAL GARDENS
The Cienfuegos Botanical Gardens (JBC) is one of the favourites of both Cubans and foreign visitors, due to its unrivalled quality of being the country’s most ancient as well as exhibiting plant collections from the world’s five continents.
Last year, over 35 thousand people enjoyed the leafy families of bamboos, orchids and palms, these last are considered among the most complete in the world.
Internationally acclaimed as one of the best tropical gardens in the world, it possesses an astounding variety of over two thousand species, and is nearing its 104th birthday. It even has a specialised herbarium with regional flowers and herbs.
This green kingdom generates much research, such as studies to revitalise endangered species, and programmes to stimulate interest for blind children as well as community projects with retarded children and those that suffer from Down’s syndrome.
The southern park, created first for sugar cane research, and later for developing fruit and hardwood trees, became an area for gathering knowledge and teaching about the planet’s flora, including a conservation area for exotic plants.
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